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Why is slope represented by the letter m?Any help is appreciated.

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labtrap | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 9, 2011 at 5:47 AM via web

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Why is slope represented by the letter m?

Any help is appreciated.

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aeshapatel123 | Student , Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 25, 2011 at 1:51 AM (Answer #4)

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The slope is rise over run

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dwbettine | Middle School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted November 26, 2011 at 7:28 AM (Answer #5)

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I believe rozo711 has come closest to an accurate answer. I just have one or two pieces to add and the link below will help. I believe slope is represented by an 'm' due to the Latin word 'modus' which means measure. See the link below for more details.


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princessita-2-day | Student , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted February 8, 2012 at 12:10 AM (Answer #7)

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because m was once called modulus.

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